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Norman J Miller

Defender Of The Week Collector Of The Paycheck. "I Don't Fail I Succeed At Finding Ways That Don't Work!"---(Christopher Titus)

philadelphia, PA, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • We Only Need the Heads: The Human Division, Episode 3

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 6 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (525)

    CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson has been loaned out to a CDF platoon tasked with secretly removing an unauthorized colony of humans on an alien world. Colonial Ambassador Abumwe has been ordered to participate in final negotiations with an alien race the Union hopes to make allies. Wilson and Abumwe’s missions are fated to cross - and in doing so, place both missions at risk of failure.

    We Only Need the Heads is a tale from John Scalzi's The Human Division.

    Professor says: "* said;* said;* said;* said;* said;"
    "B-Team Returns"
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    What made the experience of listening to We Only Need the Heads the most enjoyable?

    The Continuing thread.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry and Schidmt. Harry is just too smooth and laid back he leaves the worrying to Schmidt


    What does William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings emotion to the scene without being cheesy or camp.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Line Between Here and Gone: Forensic Instincts, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Andrea Kane
    • Narrated By Jim Colby
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    In The Line Between Here and Gone, Amanda Gleason’s infant son Justin suffers from a rare immune deficiency. His best chance for survival died with his father, Paul, who was murdered before Justin was born. But when a recent photo surfaces of a man who looks like a very-much-alive Paul, Amanda hires Forensic Instincts to investigate.

    Norman J Miller says: "Second Time's Not Quite The Charm."
    "Second Time's Not Quite The Charm."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was worth a Listen as the Forensic Instincts concept is interesting and the team is fun.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Saw it coming!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Disappeared Twice: Forensic Instincts, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Andrea Kane
    • Narrated By Jim Colby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (190)

    New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Andrea Kane brings fans a brand new series with her romantic thriller The Girl Who Disappeared Twice. Forensic Instincts—a team of independent maverick investigators comprised of a techie-genius, a former Navy SEAL/FBI agent, a psychic, and a retired FBI dog—must rescue a kidnapped five-year-old girl. But with so many people who could have benefited from the girl’s abduction, tracking down the culprit will push the team to the limit.

    "unknown" says: "A Breath of Fresh Air!!!"
    "Almost But Not quite."
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    Would you try another book from Andrea Kane and/or Jim Colby?

    Possibly. I'll try the 2nd book and see if it changes.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    while it was interesting it was a bit predictable. and same old same old. there are too many books with similar premise.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    he didn't Over play the female voices.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Movie NO. TV Movie I might Watch


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zoe's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (828)
    Performance
    (598)
    Story
    (603)

    "I'm Zoe Boutin Perry: A colonist stranded on a deadly pioneer world. Holy icon to a race of aliens. A player in a interstellar chess match to save humanity. Seventeen years old. Everyone on Earth knows the tale I am part of. But you don't know my tale: I'm going to tell it to you now, the only way I know how: not straight but true, the whole thing, to try make you feel what I felt: the joy and terror and uncertainty, panic and wonder, despair and hope."

    David says: "A fun listen, and some new information, but..."
    "Diary Of a Young Girl.(IN SPAAAAAAAAACE!)"
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    The Final Book of Old Man's War (before Human Division) Zoe's Tale is just That. We Follow Zoe Boutin Perry and see the Events of Last Colony Through Her eyes. Zoe's Tale Develops Zoe into a full blown Character, totally Different than the picture painted of Her in Last Colony. Zoe is a likeable character and has inherited qualities of both John and Jane despite being adopted. Her cast of characters mostly the Colony leader's Kids and of course Hickory and Dickory, whose personalities emerge even more in this book. the Narrator gives Zoe a Snarky(Like John) personality and shows she's a Thinker(Like Jane). and is able to convey both aspects quite well. The Narrator's Male Voices(and some Female) are mostly Raspy Whispers which work well for some but not others. Zoe's Overall Journey sees her grow into the smart Young woman everyone sees her to be. A Great Listen. (I hope she makes an appearance in Human Division Season 2)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sound of Rebellion: The Human Division, Episode 8

    • UNABRIDGED (41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (499)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (454)

    The Colonial Defense Forces usually protect humanity from alien attack, but now the stability of the Colonial Union has been threatened, and Lieutenant Heather Lee and her squad are called to squash a rebellion on a colony world. It seems simple enough - but there's a second act to the rebellion that finds Lee captive, alone, and armed with only her brains to survive.

    leonie says: "Look with your ears."
    "Voice Of Victory."
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    Sound of the Rebellion is one of my favorites so far. while the plot is familiar , how the protagonist solves her situation is clever and entertaining .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Back Channel: The Human Division, Episode 6

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (521)
    Performance
    (469)
    Story
    (471)

    The Conclave is a confederation of 400 alien races - many of whom would like to see the Colonial Union - and the humans inside of it - blasted to extinction. To avoid a conflict that neither side can afford, Conclave leader General Tarsem Gau appoints Hafte Sorvalh to resolve an emerging diplomatic crisis with the humans, before the only acceptable solution is war. "The Back Channel" is a tale from John Scalzi's The Human Division, a series of self-contained but interrelated short stories set in the Old Man's War universe.

    Hassan says: "The Conclave Side in this Episode"
    "A pity about the Goat"
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    Back Channel is one of the few fun episodes so far. Hafte Sorvalh an alien member of the conclave, is sent to set up a back channel to stave off an unwanted Conflict. Hafte Sorvalh is an interesting character as (she)? meets has to deal with humans and the peculiar behaviors. Hafte's solutions to the problems are logical as they are humorous. Back channel is a fun listen and Hafte is fun character I want to see more off. (Just don't get on her bad side!)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tales from the Clarke: The Human Division, Episode 5

    • UNABRIDGED (59 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (533)
    Performance
    (481)
    Story
    (483)

    Captain Sophia Coloma of the Clarke has a simple task: Ferry around representatives from Earth in an aging spaceship that the Colonial Union hopes to sell to them. But nothing is as simple as it seems, and Coloma discovers the ship she’s showing off holds suprises of its own...and it’s not the only one with secrets. "Tales from the Clarke" is a tale from John Scalzi's The Human Division, a series of self-contained but interrelated short stories set in the Old Man's War universe.

    Dennis says: "Very good 5th story"
    "Good Little Ship"
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    Tales from the Clarke returns us to The rest of of the B-Team. While waiting for Reassignment. The Crew of the Clarke Find themselves assigned a mission that like the First mission is more than it seems. Captain Sophia Coloma proves why she's a ship's Captain. The story itself is simple, while showing off a Ship that The CU plans to sell off to Earth to pave the way for diplomacy. a simple oversight provides proof that that there's more to the mission than meets the eye. the story plays itself off as a one off chapter in the overall narrative, and it fits well into the overall tale.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Voice in the Wilderness: The Human Division, Episode 4

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (539)
    Performance
    (485)
    Story
    (491)

    Albert Birnbaum was once one of the biggest political talk show hosts around, but these days he’s watching his career enter a death spiral. A stranger offers a solution to his woes, promising to put him back on top. It’s everything Birnbaum wants, but is there a catch? And does Birnbaum actually care if there is? "A Voice in the Wilderness" is a tale from John Scalzi's The Human Division, a series of self-contained but interrelated short stories set in the Old Man's War universe.

    Sandeep says: "Love this title"
    "This Is The Outer Limits"
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    A Voice In The Wilderness. This a Tale of a man's Reach exceeding his grasp. In this tale a Journalist whose fame is fading jumps at a chance to regain his glory, only for him to get exactly what he wanted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3846)
    Performance
    (2803)
    Story
    (2826)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "Turning 75 is only the beginning"
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    Where does Old Man's War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 25


    Would you recommend Old Man's War to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, Any fan of Starship Troopers will find a new love with this series


    Have you listened to any of William Dufris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    While his performance is stellar, parts of the story were bogged down with a lot of he said He and I said's


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Turning 75 is only the beginning


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Walk the Plank: The Human Division, Episode 2

    • UNABRIDGED (39 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (623)
    Performance
    (559)
    Story
    (560)

    Wildcat colonies are illegal, unauthorized, and secret - so when an injured stranger shows up at the wildcat colony New Seattle, the colony leaders are understandably suspicious of who he is and what he represents. His story of how he’s come to their colony is shocking, surprising, and might have bigger consequences than anyone could have expected. Walk the Plank is a tale from John Scalzi's The Human Division, a series of self-contained but interrelated short stories.

    Brian says: "Bad style - at least for audio version"
    "Transcript Declassified"
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    If you could sum up Walk the Plank in three words, what would they be?

    For The Record


    Would you recommend Walk the Plank to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, While short it has all that's needed to add to the overall narrative


    What does William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The way he conveys the emotion of the scene


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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